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Picks and Pans Review: Sixteen Stone

updated 04/03/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bush

Now that grunge has survived its raucous infancy and has developed into one of pop music's most vital genres, it's no longer fair to dis bands for sounding like Pearl Jam or Nirvana. (Witness the unwarranted critical bashing Stone Temple Pilots first took for being Pearl Jam wannabes.) Like it or not, derivation is as common in rock and roll as Les Paul guitars. Bush, a London-based quartet with a distinct Seattle feel, might be derivative, but they also add a fresh spin to the school of grunge. This debut album is crammed with exceedingly catchy, soulful and witty songs penned by dynamic lead singer Gavin Rossdale, who also has a knack for satire. In "Testosterone," a look at daffy machismo, Rossdale writes, "I'm real straight/ you wanna see my peccadillos/ hot dog 7:30 every morning/ and I'm big into war/ big into war/ big into war." Bush is big into being one of the year's most exciting new bands. (Trauma)

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